“It is really a great moment to see the library breathe again, thanks to the support of our king and Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan, in addition to the Greater Amman Municipality and the support from all the people who enjoy reading books.”
When Mamdouh Al-Maayta died in 1993, three of his seven sons—Hisham, Hamzeh and Muhammad—inherited his business and worked together in building the library’s three kiosks in Downtown Amman, a place where intellectuals and writers used to sit and discuss literature and politics in the 1940s and ´50s.
Unfortunately, Hisham Al-Maayta died in a car accident a few months after the fire. His son Shahin took over the work and saw the dreams of his grandfather and father come true when the kiosk opened to the public again in April.
“It is really a great moment to see the library breathe again, thanks to the support of our king and Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan, in addition to the Greater Amman Municipality and the support from all the people who enjoy reading books,” Shahin Al-Maayta said. “The library has had a good history and will continue to bring enjoyment to its fans.”
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Ali Al-Ayed, Jordan’s minister of culture, spoke on behalf of King Abdullah II at the special ceremony inaugurating the kiosk’s reopening. “The library is an important witness of the cultural movement in the kingdom through its strategic location in the heart of Amman,” he said.
Remodeled With a Focus on Authenticity
The library went through some remodeling before the reopening, with support from the private Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan, with designs that focused on authenticity and aspects of local culture. It has an octagonal shape and a white exterior, using the traditional old Amman stone to fit in with its surroundings. It also has indoor and outdoor spaces with all-weather reading counters, and a new digitized system for easy reference to all of its books and documents.
According to Shahin Al-Maayta, the library provides research materials to students who are looking to enrich their knowledge with credible sources.